Today's News

  • Looking Back - Sept. 7, 2016

    Thursday, Sept. 1, 1966 — At least 29 community leaders are failing to be as courteous as they should to answering invitations by the Albuquerque Radrunners to attend a Roadrunner-sponsored luncheon in Las Vegas Sept. 9. The Roadrunners, a special Chamber of Commerce team, invited 32 Las Vegans to the program. Twenty-nine had not answered by Tuesday. The Duke City folks deserve at least a yeah or nay on the invitations. They are being pretty generous in inviting Las Vegans to a dinner in their own community.

  • Ministry to host retreat for grieving families

    By Yoly Zentella
    For the Optic

    The Immaculate Conception Bereavement Ministry provides resources and support for the Las Vegas community and surrounding areas at times of loss and grief.  On Saturday, the ministry will host a free retreat to help people dealing with grief.

    The retreat will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Father George Salazar Center in Vegas. A variety of presenters will participate in program. Lunch will also be provided.

  • Noticias - Sept. 7, 2016

    Submit your calendar items and notices to… mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • The “Si Se Puede” group of Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 310 Mills Ave. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call the NA helpline: 1-866-885-6562 or Frances at 575-815-8544.

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 7, 2016


    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    Carnegie Library Story Time takes place in the children’s area of the library. All programs are free and open to the public.


    8 p.m.
    Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias comedy show will take place at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. at the John A. Wilson Complex on the campus of Highlands University. Tickets available online at fluffytickets.com. For information, call 454-3238.

    All day

  • Taking a stand

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Bulletin of Connecticut  and was originally published on Sept. 2:

    Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback whose refusal to stand during the national anthem has inspired intense public criticism, deserves the support of anyone who believe in free speech — including those who feel aversion toward his version of peaceful protest.

    Kaepernick’s concerns center on his belief that the country still institutionally oppresses black people, particular by way of police brutality.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 7, 2016
  • Work of Art: Search for gender neutrality

    Man oh, man, did I ever have a rough day! Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle if I ever have a day like today. You see, Monday, Labor Day was a holiday. I went to the office to do some of Tuesday’s work on Monday, and there was no one available to man the office.

    Perhaps some 30 years ago, none of the above would have caused a ripple. Today, it seems, there are many who might argue that using all those masculine terms is offensive and sexist. That makes it difficult to say or write anything.

  • West, East both 2-0

    Two full weeks into the prep football schedule and counting, and the Meadow City remains undefeated on the gridiron.

    DONS 45, PIRATES 30

    West Las Vegas (2-0) won a turnover-plagued shootout with visiting Grants this past Friday night in the team’s home debut at the Herrera Complex.

    Darion Williams continued his torrid start, rushing for 192 yards.

  • All square - Cowgirls, Midwestern go 110 scoreless minutes

    One hundred and 10 minutes of strong defense by both sides resulted in a scoreless draw between New Mexico Highlands University and Midwestern State in a Labor Day women’s soccer clash at Perkins Stadium.

    It was the season opener for the Cowgirls, whose most recent action was an exhibition win Aug. 14.

    After the Cowgirls outshot the Mustangs 5-1 in the first half, it was Midwestern State with more chances in the second.

    But most of those shots went wide, and Highlands goalkeeper Makenna Luster turned away three that went on goal.

  • Lady Dons pick up first win

    Make no mistake — West Las Vegas head volleyball coach Elizabeth Ulibarri is thrilled that her team broke through for its first win of the season Saturday in Grants.

    But there are more important measurements than simple wins and losses and numbers on a scoreboard.

    “More important is that they were out there having fun, talking, hustling,” Ulibarri said of the Lady Dons. “That was more than the win.”